Paper Dinghy

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Tools & Materials
Material List
  • Paper template (1 page)
  • Glue, glue stick or tape for connecting pieces
  • Packing Tape
  • One popsicle stick
  • Optional: White glue (if sealing with glue)
Tool list
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or another straight edge
  • Paintbrush (if sealing with glue)
  • Drawing Tools
  1. Print the template out on cardstock (65lb or 110lb paper). Regular printer paper will work as well.
  2. Using scissors, cut all solid black lines. This creates four pieces.
  3. On the transom be sure to cut solid lines into the STERN with care!
  4. Decorate the boat in your own design!
  5. Fold the paper on the dotted lines. You can use the edge of a ruler to help keep a straight line.
  6. Glue together the TRANSOM tabs labelled 1, 2 and 3.
  7. Glue or tape the tabs on the BOW to the PORT and STARBOARD sides of the boat.
  8. Fold the MAST POST along the dotted lines, this will create an upside down “T”
  9. Create a mast and sail with the two triangles and a stick. For example, a popsicle stick, straw, or chopstick.
  10. Glue or tape the mast to the MAST POST
  11. Use glue to connect the MAST POST to the boat.
  12. Make it watertight! Use tape or paint on white glue to the cover the boat.
  13. With help, test the boat in the water.
  14. Generate some wind with a fan or a large and flat object like a piece of cardboard.
Extension Challenges
  1. Look up sailboat shapes and try your own design!
  2. Use the template to make the boat out of different material: recycled cardboard, wood, metal or plastic.
  3. How much weight can your boat hold? Try different materials and shapes to hold more weight!
  4. How can you make it faster? Try different designs to speed up your boat
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